Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hill And Kerrigan Going? That’s More Bad News

by The Last Hollywood Star

I may be completely mistaken about the Pirates. Maybe, as management claims, the long range philosophy is coming together as proven by Lynchburg’s Carolina League championship.

Really, what do I know? I’m just a fan and the Pirate brass are the professionals.

But the likely 2010 departure of coaches Perry Hill and Joe Kerrigan cannot be taken as a good sign.

All summer, the Pirates top baseball men have promised that their scouts and coaches will mold the new players---draft choices and those who came in trades---into quality major leagues.

Now two of the best of them are leaving.

If the future looks so rosy, wouldn’t Hill and Kerrigan want to stay around to enjoy the fruits of their labor?

And if, in fact Kerrigan leaves, that means the Pirates will have to hire their fifth pitching coach in six years? That’s bad for the pitchers and the team behind them

A healthy skepticism about the Pirates is fully warranted. Let’s just leave it that seeing is believing. When the Pirates turn the corner, I’ll be more than happy to admit that I was wrong all along.

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